Ons Jabeur clarifies her statement about disliking Iga Swiatek after US Open 2022 final defeat
After her final loss at the US Open, Ons Jabeur joked that she was not a fan of Iga Swiatek.
The Polish world No 1 put in a clinical performance on Saturday, beating Jabeur 6-2, 7-6 (5) at Arthur Ashe Stadium to win his first US Open title and Grand Prix. Her third slam. The Tunisians, on the other hand, finished second with a runner-up finish at the Major for the second time, after losing to Elena Rybakina at Wimbledon this early year.
In the post-match interview on the field, Jabeur congratulated Swiatek on the championship title and also joked that he didn’t like her very much.
“I want to thank the audience for cheering me on. I really tried but Iga didn’t make it easy for me. She deserved to win today. I don’t like her very much, but it’s okay. “, said Ons Jabeur.
When asked about her feelings towards the world No. 1 at her press conference, Jabeur explained that she was only joking, before saying she would forgive the win if she gave it to her. it’s something good.
“I was joking when I said I didn’t like her. I’ll forgive her when she gives me a Rolex or something,” she said with a smile.
The pair have faced each other a few times over the past few seasons. Last year, Jabeur won both of their clashes while Swiatek won twice this year. The 28-year-old said that she hopes to compete in the big games coming up and possibly catch her up in the WTA rankings as well.
“Yes, for sure we will play together because she is No. 1, I am No. 2. Hopefully it will be great matches between us. She has improved a lot. I think she is. forehand and serve. She’s always steady in backhands. It’s kind of tough. Physically, she’s everywhere. She can carry any ball. It’s always difficult. It’s hard to play someone who takes one more shot,” she said.
“Yeah, we’ll play each other in the Finals, I think. Maybe we’ll be different groups. I don’t know. But, yes, catching up on the leaderboard, I know she has a lot of it. defensive point, I don’t have. That’s kind of a goal,” she added.
“I have no regrets because I did everything I could” – Ons Jabeur
Talking about her performance against Iga Swiatek in US Open In the end, Ons Jabeur said that her opponent started to get strong, which caused her to chase the competition and try to stay in the game.
“She came on the pitch like she was really strong and put a lot of pressure on me. It didn’t help. I tried to get into the game. It was difficult. And she played really well in the match. at some point. I tried to join the protest. Hit the line several times, making her uncomfortable,” she said.
“The second set, again, I got my chance, she got her chance. I just went back, back. At some point it was hard because I wished I was. get, for example, the lead so I can go ahead and build on it I know she’s not playing as well as the first set at certain times, maybe I should take my shot ,” she added.
That said, Ons Jabeur said she gave her best during the match and has no regrets.
“Honestly, I have no regrets because I did everything I could. I wish I had served a little better today. That would have helped me a lot. You know, you know Iga. , how she played in the final. enough to beat her. I will continue to be positive and work on the missing things today,” she explained.